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Stephen Masker Photography




by S T E V E M A S K E R on J A N U A R Y 1 1 , 2 0 1 6 in H O W T O , W R I T T E N with 0 R E P L I E S

NOTE: I am not an attorney. The information on this website is for educational purposes only and does
not purport to constitute legal advice. 

I would suspect that if you’re a photographer you can probably rest assured that at least one of
your images is being used without your permission. This is known as copyright infringement.
Whether the use of that image is beyond the scope of the original licensing agreement, or if it has
just been lifted from it’s original location – there is a good chance that there’s probably at least
one of your photos in use somewhere on the web or in some print media without your written

As a professional photographer I deal with copyright infringement very frequently. Almost every
time I search the web I am guaranteed to find at least three infringement cases, and when I do
locate them there are a couple of considerations that come to mind before I decide to engage the
infringer. But before I get into all of that, I want to start by giving you the tools you need to
register and locate your work. Then, I’ll discuss when I choose to engage an infringer, how I
engage them, common responses & rebuttals, and the professional resources I turn to when I am
unable to resolve the matter alone.

Copyright Registration
The first piece of advice I can give is to register the copyright to your images with the U.S.